Last year I came to the conclusion that I maybe, quite possibly owned WAY too many books and needed to do something about that. At first I tried to sell them, but that took too long and not many people wanted to buy books for a reasonable price, taking them all down to a charity shop was almost impossible to do without transport so I came up with the idea to put together some bundles of books, share a picture of them on my Instagram page and offer to send them to any of my fellow Spoonies who requested them, all of which I’d do completely for free.
What is a “Spoonie”?
The spoon theory is a disabilitymetaphor and neologism used to explain the reduced amount of energy available for activities of daily living and productive tasks that may result from disability or chronic illness. “Spoons” are a visual representation used as a unit of measure in order to quantify how much energy a person has throughout a given day. Each activity requires a given number of spoons, which will only be replaced as the person “recharges” through rest. A person who runs out of spoons has no choice but to rest until their spoons are replenished.
As someone living with a chronic illness and disability, reading has always been a massive comfort to me and a way in which I can escape from reality for a little while (read previous post It’s my safety blanket ) I wanted to share this with other people living with a chronic illness; mental illness and/or disability, to deliver the escape route a book can offer to anyone who may need one, because not everyone can get to book stores or to libraries in order to access books. I never expected the idea to take off, if anything I thought maybe 1 or 2 people would take me up on my offer, but surprisingly I had loads of people requesting to receive a bundle! After sending out a few I realised that not only did people love the idea, but I also LOVED doing it!
So I set up a separate instagram account dedicated to my new project and called it Spoonie Book Boxes. Since then I have witnessed true generosity and kindness, from authors offering to send copies of their books, people donating boxes of books (I once had one lady donate 9 boxes full of books!), to people donating money for postage and packaging! The thank you messages and just all round loveliness I encounter daily is overwhelming.
To date I have sent out 56 boxes! This project means so much to me, I am so happy my little idea has grown into something so wonderful that has the ability to spread a little happiness, not only to the recipients, but brings me so much joy every…darn…day!
All my love as always, Daniella x x
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